Re: Thursday, 11/29
- Sorry it's taken a while to re-post the polymer foil stamping info--
busy week. This is what I posted a month or two back to
Book_Arts-L on the subject:
They work alright when used at the leisurely pace of Kwik-prints,
Kingsleys, and Kensols. They aren't suited for foil stamping at
high speeds (say, in Kluges) because they take too long to re-
heat between impressions. You can mount them with pressure-
sensitive adhesive onto a brass bar stock (or similar material) to
fit them in the chase.
If anyone is interested, I sell raw plates, adhesive, and custom
sizes of brass bar stock. The water-wash polymer I use and sell,
made by Jet, costs $32 for an A4 (8.25x11.75) steel-backed plate
with .037 face relief and "Super Hard" 90 Shore D Hardness.
They can take temperatures up to 360 degress F, whereas the
less expensive letterpress plates delaminate around 280. The
polymer is the same material, but it has a different adhesive
holding it to the steel backing. Contact me off-list for further
information on any of these products.
If you're not set up for making photopolymer plates, then I can
process plates as well. I charge a $25 minimum or $0.80/
square inch for hot foil plates (compared to $0.55 for letterpress
I'm producing my 2002 catalog which lists these services in
more detail. My products are mainly for the digital letterpress
printer. Contact me if you'd like to receive a copy when it's ready
later this year.
If anyone has additional questions, please let me know.